Miss Sassy Pants came to The Stray Connection after Hurricane Irma. She had a discernible head tilt upon arrival, probably from a ruptured ear drum and/or a long term ear infection. She was one of the lucky cats who was evacuated from a Tampa shelter before the storm hit their area. Remote Area Medical, based in Rockford, TN, made a special trip to rescue displaced cats. She had a mild ear infection when the rescue first got her that we treated, but her head tilt did not resolve. Furthermore, over time, she continued to have constant nasal drainage, she has a suspicious bump on the bridge of her nose, and her foster mom felt that she was drinking more water than normal. All of these factors lead us to the decision to pursue further diagnostics. HPAN kicked in $300 toward Miss Sassy Pants’ vet bill. She’s worth it!
Fighting for the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue took in Chop from a bad situation where he was the product of a backyard breeder. He had what appeared to be an eye infection in both eyes, but the vet diagnosed him with entropion, which is an abnormal genetic condition where the eyelids are inverted causing the eye lashes to scrape the surface of the eye resulting in ulceration. We sponsored Chop’s surgery.
Homeward Bound Dog Rescue (HBDR) takes in a lot of needy dogs from our local area. They are known for taking in pregnant momma dogs and moms with litters. They always adopt out the puppies after they’re certified healthy and all “fixed” up. They never leave the mom dogs behind; they get good homes, too. HBDR requires two rounds of vaccines before adopting out the puppies. Recently they had 10 puppies break with parvo, even after the vaccines were administered. Merck, the vaccine company, said the vaccines must have been ineffective. They will never know for sure, but what they do know is that it is EXPENSIVE to treat parvo. One pup can run into the hundreds of dollars very quickly. HBDR has amassed a huge amount of debt caring for these 10 puppies. One thing we know is that debt stifles rescue, so we contributed $2,000 to HBDR’s enormous vet bill so they can continue to rescue in our area.
Roane County rescue organization, Pet Path, rescued Momma from a busy street after she’d been running as a stray for nearly two months. It took them one month and one day to catch her. When the rescuer saw her one day, she stopped the car and Momma practically jumped in. Once in rescue, Pet Path realized Momma was very pregnant. She delivered five pups; two didn’t make it. Now that Momma is finished nursing and babies are old enough, it’s time for all of them to be spayed/neutered. We sponsored the cost for all four: Momma, Asher, Shorty, and Dasher. We’re also covering the puppies’ rabies vaccines.
Almost Home Animal Rescue took in a beautiful boxer, Molly, with a terrible double eye infection and glaucoma that medicines would not correct. Because of her pain, it was recommended by two vets that both eyes be removed, since Molly had been practically blind anyway. The rescue tells us that Molly has a new attitude, that she is lively and playful and getting around great. She is ready for a new family!
The Smoky Mountain Animal Rescue of Tennessee (SMART) recently took in two orphaned kittens in poor condition. They called us to help with their initial vetting. We paid $158 for their exams, vaccines, fecal testing, and needed medications. As soon as they’re a little older, we plan to help with their spay/neuter costs.
When we heard of the barn fire at the Little Ponderosa Zoo & Rescue, we had to help. There are so many immediate needs before they can even think about rebuilding. Although some of the animals were lost in the fire, there are many survivors. All the supplies needed to care for them were lost in the fire. We felt that a small grant of $500 would help them with some immediate supply needs.
Minnie was hit by a car and sustained a broken jaw and palate. Her owners took her to a local vet to be euthanized because they couldn’t afford the required surgical repair. The vet just couldn’t do it with Minnie standing there wagging her tail with blood pouring from her mouth. She asked the owners to surrender Minnie so that rescue could step in. At Risk Intervention (ARI) intervened!!! They took Minnie under their wing, set up an appointment with a surgical specialist, and got Minnie taken care of ASAP! ARI called on us to help sponsor the large surgery bill. We kicked in $300. Once she’s healed, Minnie will be sent to a northern Lab rescue where she will find an excellent home.
Both Pugsley and Sebastian were rescued from the Roane County Animal Shelter by Pet Path, a relatively new non-profit rescue organization in Roane County. Both dogs had received their initial parvo/distemper vaccines and were heartworm tested at the shelter. Pugsley was in good shape and needed only his rabies vaccine and a microchip. Sebastian, on the other hand, tested positive for heartworms and was riddled with intestinal worms. We sponsored the vetting of both dogs, paying for their exams, all remaining vaccines, microchips, Sebastian’s neuter, and the prophylaxis needed before Sebastian’s heartworm treatments can start in another month. These dogs will definitely be on a better path, thanks to Pet Path.
The East TN Miniature Horse & Donkey Rescue was contacted to take in a small mini stud their kids had left behind when they moved during the summer. Bumble would not stay in the pen they had set up for him, so they chained him to a tree. When the Rescue arrived, they realized his tether was completely embedded in his body. To help Bumble get well, we agreed to sponsor his medical care for $300.